Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Michigan Proposes Strong Business Case for More Than 1,000 Jobs
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today that Michigan is competing to attract a new engineering and manufacturing complex to design and produce the KC-330 aerial refueling aircraft for Airbus. The Michigan Economic Development presented a proposal for the multi-phase project, which could bring more than 1,000 jobs and $600 million in investment to Michigan.
"We have really rolled up our sleeves to create a solid proposal for Airbus's consideration," Granholm said. "The field will be competitive with as many as 38 states in the running for this project. I am confident that our favorable business climate, impeccable workforce and creative economic incentives will be the winning combination that will land this project in Michigan."
EADS North America, parent company of Airbus, recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) to all 50 states to recommend sites for the proposed development. The primary site selection criteria include access to a 9,000 ft. runway, 150 acres of land, available aerospace workforce, easy access to rail and road, and a means of large volume transport to a deep-water seaport.
The state's proposal suggests three potential Michigan locations could meet Airbus' criteria: Alpena, Chippewa County/Sault Ste. Marie and Willow Run. Business incentives will be available to the company at whatever Michigan location it chooses, with specific incentives varying due to the unique characteristics of each site.
Michigan's proposal also contains information on the state's legacy of aeronautic excellence, world-renowned manufacturing and R&D talent and extensive transportation network.
"We are in the ring with a number of tough contenders for this project," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "Even though the competition is fierce, we have a very convincing proposal for Airbus to consider that would benefit the company and our state alike."
In her 2005 State of the State address, Granholm emphasized the importance of making Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Since January 2005 the Governor and the MEDC announced the creation or retention of more than 31,491 jobs as a result of targeted assistance provided by the MEDC.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.